Issue 3
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Charles Darwin University
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks says the rankings are an endorsement of CDU on a global scale
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks says the rankings are an endorsement of CDU on a global scale

International ranking charts CDU’s global impact

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University has received a glowing endorsement of its global social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings capture universities’ impact on society based on their success in delivering the United Nations’ SDGs and places CDU 99th world-wide.

The SDGs are a universal call to action and provide a measure of social and economic impact “from climate action and gender equality, to good health and wellbeing”.

The rank of 99 recognises that CDU’s research and teaching make a major contribution to the economy, society, environment and culture.

The university ranked 27th in Quality Teaching, 24th in Gender Equality, and ranked in the top 100 for research outputs and wider university actions in the areas of Life Below Water, Life on Land, Reduced Inequities and Good Health and Wellbeing.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the results were very impressive and indicated the value of the Northern Territory’s only university on a global scale.

“The rank of 99 overall out of 766 globally ranked universities from 85 countries is a great endorsement of CDU’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Professor Maddocks said.

“The results are a credit to our teaching staff and showcase the excellence of our research in Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Education and Studies in Human Society.

“It is also a credit to our professional staff, as the rankings take into consideration the actions we take in our everyday operations to deliver on the SDGs.”

CDU also ranked between 101-200 for Partnership for the Goals, Sustainable Cities and Communities and No Poverty.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ SDGs. They use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship.

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